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cathartic

[kuh-thahr-tik] /kəˈθɑr tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to catharsis.
2.
Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
noun
3.
a purgative.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
Related forms
cathartically, adverb
catharticalness, noun
hypercathartic, adjective
noncathartic, adjective, noun
noncathartical, adjective
semicathartic, adjective
uncathartic, adjective
Synonyms
3. laxative, physic.
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  • Fundamentally though, arguing the science with you was pointless and ultimately a manic and cathartic exercise.
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  • But some communing around flames is, compared with what has gone before, positively cathartic.
  • The former is the victorious and cathartic outcome of a chase.
British Dictionary definitions for cathartic

cathartic

/kəˈθɑːtɪk/
adjective
1.
purgative
2.
effecting catharsis
noun
3.
a purgative drug or agent
Derived Forms
cathartically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cathartic
adj.

1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1670s. Related: Cathartical.

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cathartic in Medicine

cathartic ca·thar·tic (kə-thär'tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative. n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

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